High Peaks Leads Woody Ridge Hike Dec. 3

Take a holiday break and work off some of those extra pounds by joining the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a very challenging hike up Woody Ridge on Dec. 3. This hike is the steepest, shortest route up to the crest of the Black Mountains and is only for experienced hikers in good condition.

Hikers will meet on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. and carpool to the trailhead. Bring lunch, plenty of water, warm clothes and hiking poles if you have them. Leashed dogs are allowed on the hike.


       Join us for our last birding stroll of the year.  This is always a fun count with people working off a little of that holiday overeating.  The trail at the high school winds through the woods and down by the Cane River.  There is some good sparrow habitat where we hope to find late fall species.

Christmas Bird Count

This is our third year in a row conducting the CBC in Yancey County.  We encourage everyone, young and old, expert and beginner, to join us in this citizen/science project.  This year we are expanding the count to include more of the county and can use all the help we can get.


There are two ways to participate:           

     1. Join a team and count all day by car and on foot.

     2. Count at your backyard feeder.

To sign up and for more information, email birds@nchighpeaks.org.

High Peaks Board Meeting

Join us for the first Board Meeting of 2017 on Thursday, January 12, 9 am, at Appalachian Java in Burnsville. Members and guests are always welcome.


High Peaks Leads Grandfather Mountain Hike Nov. 5

Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for a fun hike at spectacular Grandfather Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 5. This loop hike will follow the Tanawa Trail to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, then up to Flat Rock View spot where the group should be treated to nice views during lunch. The trek will continue down Cragway to the Nuwati Trail and finally loop back to the Tanawa Trail and the starting point.

The hike is rated as moderate in difficulty with a total distance of 4.5 miles.

Beaujolais Nouveau Tasting Scheduled for Saturday, November 19 from 4 to 6 pm

Plan to join NC High Peaks as we taste the first wine of the season at Burnsville Wine and... on Saturday, November 19 from 4 to 6 pm. This annual tradition is a fun way to learn more about the club, study maps and upcoming hiking schedules, browse club merchandise for sale, while enjoying snacks and sips of the first Beaujolais of the season.



Board of Directors Meeting

The next board meeting will be Thursday, November 17 at 9 am at Appalachian Java. Members are always welcome to attend.

Annual Meeting to be Held October 15

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association invites members and the public to its annual meeting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 at the Yancey County Library in Burnsville.

The group will elect four High Peaks Board members and review the past year’s activities, while previewing an exciting schedule of hikes, trail maintenance days and other activities for the coming year. One of the rangers from the US Forest Service, Appalachian Ranger District will provide a short talk about future cooperation between the Forest Service and High Peaks.  Light refreshments will be served.

Birding Stroll

NC High Peaks birders will host the monthly birding stroll this Saturday, October 29. We will meet at Cane River Park at 9 am in the main parking lot near the kiosk and walk along the fields and into the woods by the river.  Many fall migrants have been spotted in the park in recent days.  We expect this trend to continue through October. Bring binoculars, and dress for the weather.  Birding will happen rain or shine if at all possible.  All skill levels from beginner to expert, including adults and children, are welcome.  For more information email us at

High Peaks Tackles Black Mountain Crest Trail Oct. 1

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will lead one of its most challenging – and rewarding – hikes of the year when the club takes on the Black Mountain Crest Trail on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the peak of the high elevation leaf color season. The outing will be followed by a pot luck supper and party in the Cattail Community.


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